12 gorgeous places for a staycation in the UK that’ll make you forget that trip abroad – Coventry Telegraph

When you weigh up the financial cost, not to mention the environmental toll, a holiday abroad might not seem like such a good idea.

Added to that the hassle of getting to the airport, bag-checks, security and boarding, it’s all exhausting.

With all that in mind, the UK may start to seem a far more attractive prospect for your holidays this year reports WalesOnline.

And thankfully, there are some pretty spectacular options that will make you forget about that foreign holiday.

Here are just a few places to think about going this year.

1. Godney Arts House, Somerset

A super-stylish farmhouse, Godney Arts House has been lovingly renovated.

It’s a relaxing countryside retreat with views to the Mendip Hills, and the cottage is quite remote, with no light pollution.

That being said, the property is not completely isolated, as  Cool Places explain – the local pub is just a two-minute walk away, whilst Ham Wall Nature Reserve, Wells and Glastonbury are all within 15 minutes’ driving distance.

Back at the house, there’s a small south-facing cottage garden for you to enjoy the peace and quiet in.

Electricity and heating are generated by solar panels here, helping to make your stay eco-friendly.

Visit  airbnb.co.uk or  booking.com to book.

2. The Limit, Cornwall

The Limit is a 1930s seaside retreat that is ideal for exploring the stunning North Cornwall coast and beyond.

Whether you are laid-back in front of the fire, soaking in the views from the deck or getting out and about in the local area, you are sure to have a wonderful time.

Floor-to-ceiling windows give guests a fabulous view from breakfast in bed, while the hot walk-in shower, complete with soft towels, ensures a sumptuous pampering experience.

It sleeps two.

Visit  uniquehomestays.com

3. Knotting Hill, Leicestershire

Depending where you choose to chill, you’ll see the wood-fired hot tub, steaming invitingly, the pizza oven or the lake, where you can splash about in canoes or leap in from the pier for a wild swim.

What you won’t see is anything else. At all. You’re surrounded by beautiful bluebell woodland and down a track from even the nearest B road.

You might hear the generator kick in if the solar power goes out, or the outdoor shower running (there’s an indoor one too) but the loudest things around are the birds, who flit between the branches and surround the cabin with their song.

Inside there are comfy sofas and armchairs clustered round the wood-burner, a kitchen with a range that can handle cooking for eight with ease and bedrooms and bathrooms with space for everyone.

The cabin conceals some indulgent touches under simple, rustic decor. There’s underfloor heating, a double-ended bathtub and a sound system and TV that make for great movie nights or the rare chance to let your music roll out into the forest, with no neighbours to disturb.

It sleeps eight.

Visit  canopyandstars.co.uk

4. Lundy Island, off the North Devon coast

Peaceful and unspoiled, Lundy lies off the coast of North Devon.

Lundy is never crowded, even in the height of summer when up to five times a week, MS Oldenburg brings day-visitors who stay for a few hours. At all other times those who are staying in the holiday properties and the residents have the island to themselves.

There are 24 places to stay there, including  The Old Light Lower,  The Old School, as well as camping,

Lundy is owned by the National Trust and managed by the Landmark Trust.

The water treatment plant has been upgraded so that they are self-sufficient, using rainwater and no longer reliant on importing 32,000 plastic bottles of water a year from the mainland.

It has been declared plastic free by marine conservation charity Surfers Against Sewage.

Visit  landmarktrust.org.uk/lundyisland for more information.

5. Coed y Bleiddiau, Gwynedd

Coed y Bleiddiau is a small railway cottage at a remote private halt on the restored Ffestiniog Railway. It was built in 1863 for the railway Superintendent, T. Henry Hovenden.

Before the Landmark Trust transformed it , it was a sad sight after being abandoned for a decade.

Now it is a beautiful holiday let for four people and it has its own private platform, where you can alight from a steam train if you time your arrival right.

The name Coed y Bleiddiau means ‘Wood of the Wolves’, and it’s said the last wolf in Wales was killed on the heavily wooded slopes that surround the cottage.

Book via  landmarktrust.org.uk

6. Islander, Cornwall

Whatever the weather, Islander’s beachside location, bubbling hot tub and Bahamas-inspired interiors provide a luxury self-catering homestay to rival those in the tropics.

This seaside haven has a master and additional bedroom should couples wish to bring friends or children.

With its prime clifftop location, hot tub on the deck and huge sweep of golden beach below, you’ll be glad you haven’t boarded that long flight abroad.

Visit  uniquehomestays.com

7. The Ardyle Eco Pod, Loch Lomond

A great base to explore the great British countryside, The Ardyle Eco Pod offers stunning views across the countryside and is just three minutes walk from the West Highland Way path – and five  minutes drive from the shores of Loch Lomond.

The bed pulls down from wall and a table pulls out from under the couch to create a comfortable and versatile living space. It has an en suite shower room and a little kitchen.

Outside, there’s a rattan table and chairs on the wooden decking from where guests can admire the view or snuggle up with one of the many Scottish books left for your enjoyment. It’s the perfect place to sit and watch the sun set over the loch.

As you would expect from an eco-friendly pod, there’s an electric car charge point and the pod’s heating and power comes from solar panels and a biomass boiler.

Visit  airbnb.co.uk for more information.

8. Hafod Hedd, Betws-y-Coed

Hafod Hedd

Set in a private wooded location, this hideaway offers a total escape from the modern world.

Hafod Hedd, which is Welsh for Peaceful Summer Dwelling, offers a unique opportunity for couples who want to go off-grid.

It used to house the hydro-electric equipment which supplied the home farm with electricity.

It’s a cosy, one-roomed dwelling with a river passing right below the window and the only sounds you’ll hear are the song of the river, the call of birds and the occasional bleat of a sheep.

There is a comfy double bed and a window which overlooks the secluded river.

Hafod Hedd

You can cook on a real fire and the snug cabin has created with recycling and low impact living in mind.

But best of all, you can bathe outdoors in a pair of cast iron baths filled with water heated by locally sourced hardwood.

In order to use the al fresco baths it is necessary to heat the water by lighting a fire.

There is no electricity at Hafod Hedd, which means that you’ll be lighting fires for heating, bathing and cooking. There is a camping gas stove available if need be.

Visit  Airbnb or  www.hafodhedd.co.uk

9. The Sanctuary, Hampshire

Hugging the southern borders of the New Forest, an idyllic rustic milieu between Lymington and Keyhaven provides the setting for this luxury couples’ retreat in Hampshire.

On top of the Sanctuary’s chic utilitarian living space, this pocket-sized private health farm comes complete with a hot tub, fire pit and his’n’hers cruiser bikes for pedalling around the countryside.

It sleeps two.

Visit  uniquehomestays.com

10. Old Cragg Hall Barn, West Yorkshire

Situated in an elevated position in the heart of Cragg Vale, Old Cragg Hall Barn is an eco-friendly conversion with outstanding views over the valley.

Re-built from the remains of an original stone barn, this contemporary new home has an abundance of glass, solid oak floors, woodburning stove, granite worktops, bespoke LED lighting and a large stone flagged terrace for alfresco dining.

Carefully planned to offer luxurious eco-friendly accommodation, this holiday home has central under-floor heating provided by a ground source heat pump and a heat-recovering ventilation system. There is also a POD Point electric vehicle charging point.

It sleeps six.

Visit  oldcragghallbarn.co.uk

11. A Little Bit of Rough, Rutland

A Little Bit of Rough offers luxury camping in 20 beautiful acres of private woodland nestled in a secret location in the heart of rural Rutland.

If you fancy a bit of posh camping, this is the place for you. Expect wood-fired hot-tubs, fire pits, hammocks, pizza ovens, and twin outdoor baths.

They have large canvas lodges that each sleep six people.

Those behind it say they use sustainable and green energy sources to light and heat their lodges, including wind up and solar lanterns and wood burning stoves that use locally sourced and sustainable sources of fuel.

All sewage is treated on site through the use of innovative technology and the natural environment. Waste water is processed without the need for chemicals and is captured in one of their newly constructed wildlife ponds which both serves the needs of our guests and provide important additional habitat.

A Little bit of Rough say they are committed to recycling as much of its waste as possible and provide extensive recycling facilities for guests.

They say they are also committed to the maintenance of the woodland as a haven for wildlife as well as guests.

Their website explains: “We continue to manage the woodland, plant trees, create new habitat such as our mini beast hotel and newly planted wildflowers and have installed nesting boxes across the wood.”

Visit  alittlebitofrough.co.uk

12. Goji, Herefordshire

As you ascend the handcrafted wooden stairway and step off the raised decking, you enter a cocoon hanging 10ft off the ground.

It’s kept stable and warm thanks to its engineering. Fold the two single beds down when it’s time to sleep or leave them up as sofas during the day, a snug reading spot poised in the middle of the woods.

With the woodburner going and the roof window above you, fall asleep under the night sky with the calming sounds of the forest around you.

The morning sun will draw you out of your treetop pod onto the elevated terrace, welcomed by views of the Malvern Hills poking out from the neighbouring trees.

Brook House Woods has a full kitchen, pizza oven and fire pit, just 50m away, where you can roast up some al fresco meals.

Visit  canopyandstars.co.uk

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